This year begins the five year celebration on the U.S. Civil War 1861 - 1865. I know some of you all will not want to celebrate and don't see the value in remembering this event. I definitely see the value. Although this war had many reasons for being, I admire my ancestors for seizing the opprotunity to get out of chattel slavery and sacrifcing their lives so that we wouldn't have to endure what they did.
The NY Times has several op-eds about the North and the Civil War. Pretty interesting stuff.